best idiot proof camera ever
I have always had Fuji digital cameras and swore by them,,,Then I went out and bought this Coolpix 9100 and WOW. What an easy to use excellent camera,,,thats shoots great Hd video in slow motion or many other mods. The pix taking is fairly simple with excellent results even in low light. The macro mode is not the best,,but I never use this mode much anyways. A pefect lil idiot proof camera for the all ready familiar with digital photography type of person. Would not suit a new to digital photography type person. Excellent battery life and very easy to use charger and software,,a pure pleasure.
March 29, 2012
Fotografias profissionais em tamanho de bolso. A qualidade sempre prevalece e o custo/beneficio a de se relevar após tira uma foto perfeita, sem desfoques e com brilho e sombra perfeitos.
March 17, 2012
Turn off Auto Mode
I understand the frustration with blurry pictures with this
camera. When set to Auto Mode, I have the same experience.
I've been able to overcome this by:
1. Take it off "Auto Mode."
2. Turn off "Digital Zoom."
3. Turn the dial to "SCENE" (not Scene (Auto)).
4. Press the Menu Button and select the type of scene you're shooting.
It does a remarkable job when you tell it what you're
shooting. If you want a true point and shoot, this probably isn't
the camera for you. If you're willing to take the time
to let it know what you want, I think you'll be pleased.
I purchased this camera for backpacking and have been
happy with the results. If it were possible to give multiple
ratings, I would give:
1 star - Camera in Auto Mode
5 star - Camera in SCENE mode
0 star - Nikon for making no effort to clear this up with firmware update.
June 21, 2012
Takes Great Sports Pictures. Has a littel trouble focusing with low like but will eventualy get there. 18x Zoom is awesome. I really like this camera
April 18, 2012
Excellent camera, I just wish it had a RAW mode.
I'm not quite sure why so many people have so many difficulties getting beautiful, sharp pictures from this camera. Perhaps it's the long lens, which in anything but bright light requires near tripod-level stabilization to not blur, but I've never had any issues taking a multitude of photos, some in very low light, with no blurring.
My favorite use for this camera is concert photos - I've taken this camera to many concerts and have been able to take spectacular shots from several rows back that make you feel like "you are there.," though I usually need to set the auto exposure to -0.7 stop to avoid washout of highlights.
I just wish that the camera could shoot in RAW mode as there are times I know post-processing could produce better images than the JPG encoder built into the camera.
February 22, 2012
My very own wonderful digital Cam.
I thought this was great, I'm still learning alot about it. It's so useful to me, as an outgoing college student. Photos are sharp and easy to edit. I video edited for the first time and the video came out great ! Oh my goodness, I can't wait to try out other things with it . The thing I don't like is that the manual isn't very helpful, because if I tried to mimic the procedures, I wouldn't get the results that the book said I'd get. So, sometimes I have to manipulate it differently to get the results I want. This just means, there are no short cuts. Some options I wont use, because .... I clearly have no idea what it's used for, or I feel like it was the same as the last option. Overall, this was worth the price ! =] I'm going to treat this thing like a baby, because I love it . =]
January 24, 2012
Into the future...
After having a Casio camera for 6 years, I got this COOLPIX S9100. Though I only have my old Casio to compare it to, S9100 is crazy! Sure, you can get a blurry picture if you rush the shot, but if you press down on the shutter slowly, wait for it to focus, and then complete or fully press the shutter, your pictures will come out great! The menu is user friendly and the effects are great. Since I got the camera (2 weeks ago), I took over 800 pictures (had a lot of events to attend)...indoors and outdoors all came out great. The 18X zoom, however, is a hit or miss but I'm used to that b/c the digital zoom had the same results with my Casio. I think any digital zoom will have the same results because it's just too sensitive to motion. Perhaps if you have a tripod and you use digital zoom, you may have more hits than misses. Taking pictures with the camera facing the sun...no longer a problem. If you adjust your settings, the S9100 can overcome this problem. Video is also a plus, sound and video quality almost as good as real time. Overall, I'm not a professional photographer so I'm not looking for absolute perfection, I'm very satisfied with this camera.
January 17, 2012
The camera fails to come with the User's Manual.
The camera does not come with the "User's Manual", available only on the computer. A compact hard copy is necessary to have when you are using the camera and for ease in looking among pages. The "Quick Start Guide" is manifestly inadequate and is only a start. It is inexcusable that you do not provide a compact hard copy of the "User's Manual".
December 12, 2011
excellent closeup and night, blurry long distance
Took this camera to Europe. Great clarity for closeup shots, wide angle and incredible night shots! Sorry to say that when you use the full telephoto, it gets cloudy - way too much atmosphere and it all turns out a hazy blue (but a nice effect for far away castles,etc).
Movies done with the zoom are completely blurry, but average distance they look great.
Also, camera DOES NOT SHOW UP on my Mac using Snow Leopard. Have to download pics to my external drive on my husband's pc laptop and then bring the external drive over to the mac to get the pics there. NO drivers for mac are found online, it says to use the CD, which we lost on our trip.
Is great to photograph my artwork, stained glass in closeups
November 28, 2011
Product as advertised
Except for some focusing problems, it has worked very well.
November 7, 2011
Good but lacking in a few key areas
It takes great pictures. The manual is usually well written so you can figure out how to best use the extenstive features.
The package does not incude an external batttery charger. You have to charge the battery through the camera which is a real hastle so you have no way of charging a back up battery while you are using the camera. You can buy one for an additional cost, but it should have been included in the basic package. When you charge it though the USB port of a computer, it never seems to register fully charged; maybe I didn't leave it plugged in long enough.
It takes movies, but playing them on a computer is a nightmare. I sent a note to the Nikon support team and got back a 3+ page of everything that I might be doing wrong or need to change. They should have tested some of the popular configurations so they could say for WMP you need these options, for Quiktime .. these ... Totally unhelpful in getting my movies to play on my PC at the high resolution. They want me to test using lower resolutions. It doesn't sound like they ever tested or got it work themselves.
September 26, 2011
OVERALL A GREAT PRODUCT
Love almost everything about this camera!
The zoom is incredible and I have a whole collection of 3 or 4-shot series going from wide angle to the most racked-out tele shot of a subject like a far-off building, a bird sitting in dense woods where you don't even see the bird in the first two shots, and hilltop shots of a complete village, or an entire harbor, where the most extreme tele shot shows you the stars & stripes on a single flag on top of just one building, or let's you see all the rigging details on just one sailboat among hundreds in the far-off harbor. Wow!
For example, last time I was in DC, I stood in the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue on a traffic island and shot a wide-angle photo of the capital from more than a half-mile away, then a medium telephone, then the biggest regular (optical) tele, then the biggest digital tele. Wow, my friends were so impressed later! By the way, the biggest tele shot was a couple of gold-plated gargoyles on the top of a Victorian-looking, historic building about 3/8 mile away from me. The detail of the gold figure was incredible. (Without a tripod, I had to wrap my arms around a signal/lamp post to keep the camera steady for the final shot.) So, yeah, I brag about this camera's optics a lot.
My biggest complaint is the function wheel at the top of the camera (the little wheel that includes a green icon for full automatic operation). It turns from one function to another very VERY easily...too easily! Because I keep my camera in a cargo pocket of my pants most of the time for ease of removal whether sitting or standing, I do not keep the camera in its case, but have the strap hanging outside the pocket flap so all I have to do is unsnap the flap and pull the camera out by the strap, and I can be shooting instantly. Lots of people do the same type of thing to carry their camera. Unfortunately, more than half the time, with only the light friction of the cargo pocket on the wheel, it spins the operation to some other function on the wheel and I end up with photos out of focus ...which I usually only discover a dozen or so shots later, after I lower the camera once the specific opportunity has been photographed. This is really aggravating and I think it could easily be changed/corrected by Nikon with a tiny change in their manufacturing operation when making the camera. Those click stops are just, after all, something like small bumps on the underside of the plastic wheel for each setting, and a corresponding dimple in the frame so the wheel will stop at each setting. Make the little bumps fractionally bigger, and the dimple fractionally deeper, and the problem will be solved. I'll bet there are a lot of photographers out there like me who do not use the leather case for everyday work, because there is no place to keep it once you take it off, i.e. it'll get dropped or lost in no time. But losing several shots that can never be shot again is a high price to pay, and Nikon could demonstrate concern for its customers by making this small but important improvement. Such small manufacturing improvements represent a microscopic cost to Nikon ...selling just one extra camera ANYWHERE in the world would likely recover that cost for Nikon....and it would show that the phrase "continuous improvement" is more than just an empty slogan at this outstanding camera maker.
September 5, 2011
Fast, wide-angle, good HDMI movie, easy to use
Purchased as a point-and-shoot for my wife's business trip to Rome. With minor DSLR knowledge and no experience at all on the S9100, she picked up on its usage very quickly. Was very impressed with its "Museum mode" which was able to capture good images in very low light situations. The extra wide angle was also very useful for travel, architecture, and landscape shots. The LCD screen is excellent. The macro mode also allowed for good close-ups. All around, a surprisingly versatile camera in a shirt-pocket size. We've had some pleasant surprises with this camera: fireworks came out well along with night shots of fountains and street scenes. Skin tones look good even when using a flash at night. The "instant" panorama was fun to use also.
Things to be aware of:
1) The 18x telephoto zoom is only useful with a tripod.
2) The placement of the flash is a bit awkward.
3) It often chooses an unintended focus point. 4) The polarized LCD screen is very good - but you must remove your own polarized sun glasses to view it.
5) No RAW support
6) No manual focus
Besides what I've listed above, the main reason I do not give it 5 stars is that it occasionally froze up - the only fix that we found was to take out the battery and re-insert it; at which time the camera returned to normal functioning. Nikon offered to have us send it in for repairs - but we declined. Seems like Nikon's service dept is good too.
September 5, 2011
So far, so good...
I haven't had this camera long enough to give it a complete review, but so far, I like it. I've never had a point & shoot, so I am still getting used to handeling it...but the photos I've taken so far are excellent.
I did a lot of research on the point & shoot camera with optical lense over 10x...this one is a 12x and I took a photo of a slowly moving object using the full range of the optical zoom and was very pleased with the results, I didn't use a tripod, just did the point & shoot.
It seems easy enough to use, the menu is easy, and for anyone that isn't sure about what they are doing, full auto is just the ticket.
Do order an extra battery...and a memory card, and be sure to read the user manual beofre yuou use the camera...it comes as a CD. It also comes with a photo organization CD, which I did install, decided I didn't like it, and now I'm back to using Picasa and photo bucket to store and/or edit my photos.
Check around for the best price...I ordered mine from Beach Camera, a very good place to do business.
August 30, 2011
Great zoom, good speed, small, really like it!
The only improvement i would suggest is an eye piece. It is hard to see the screen in sun sometimes, although that's true with any screen. The zoom is great, the battery life is decent, the pictures are beauiful. And the camera can take great pix out of a moving bus!! nice!
August 29, 2011
generally good pictures
We took camera to Europe and Asia. Most pictures turned out good. However, we had trouble shooting overhead at churches and museums and at an angle on paintings, rugs, etc., on walls. Got quite a few blurry pictures.
Also, telephoto lens shots turned out really bad. Telephoto feature is really bad. Hardly any good shots with the telephoto feature.
Manual that comes with camera is hard to read due to small print, etc.
I was thinking of buying another one, but after the many lousy reviews, freezing stories, etc,, I am reconsidering. Nikon should correct the issues people are having including the lousy job the telephoto lens does.
Also, sometimes the color does not replicate the true colors. Took a lot of pictures of hydrangias, petunias, roses, etc. and the true colors are often not replicated in the photos. Photos show faded and lighter colors than actual objects, even in good light conditions.
August 20, 2011
Nice camera, nice images but...
I've owned the S9100 for about 2 weeks and find that it takes fines pictures and is very easy to use.
But it could use a a real battery charger instead of the somewhat useless camera power supply that lets you charge a battery ONLY if it is in the camera, a view-through viewfinder, and a bit more exposure control than just over or under exposure.
Also, since there are warnings about turning off vibration control when using the camera on a tripod, it seems that Nikon could have put a switch in the tripod screw socket of the camera to turn vibration control off automatically when it was placed on a tripod.
Raw capture would have been a nice plus.
August 17, 2011
Overall the features are good(see below).
The three things I didn't like:
1.The flash has to be raised manually
2.The macro feature is difficult to use
3.The battery has to be charged in the camera
August 16, 2011
This product takes beautiful pictures
I love the camera, but am upset that after 4 months of use and the camera got some particles which i assumed to be sand from my daughters bag the camera start to malfunction and now I had to pay Nikon Over one hundred dollars to fix. I am not happy with the warranty.
August 16, 2011
very clear pictures
I just got back from vacation, and a very happy with the quality of the photos. Did extremely well taking pics while in motion as well as being stationary. The zoom is awesome. I did have a little trouble with the movie recording. It seems to skip a little during playback. I will have to test that feature more, but at first glance the video quality is good, but does skip during playback. This is the reason for 4 stars
August 15, 2011
Easy to use disappointed with the "freeze glitch"
I bought this to take on vacation because of its size and features. The camera worked great during my vacation and I was able to capture some incredible pictures in all kinds of lighting. Overall we love the cameras automatic features and ease of use. That said...after 3 months the camera froze up with the same symptoms that everyone is reporting.
HOW I FIXED IT...
First I removed the battery after it froze up, to shut it down.
Next I put the battery back in to let it finish retracting the lens. Do not turn the camera back on yet.
Remove the battery again. Now put the battery back in and turn it on.
This has fixed mine both times it has frozen up
August 1, 2011
Great Easy to Use Camera
It is an awesome camera. It has a lot of cool features. It takes great pictures. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I had to send it to Nikon to get it fixed. Other than that it is a very good camera and is worth the price expecialy if it's on sale. I would recommend getting it.
July 30, 2011
Great product - fun to use
My first digital camera. Bought it to take pics of our first grandbaby. Works great, small enough to carry it in your pocket, or pocketbook. Simple to operate and download pictures. I have had some trouble with it and am in the middle of dealing with getting it repaired or replace through Nikon Service. So far that has been a good experience..... but time will tell.
July 26, 2011
Overall great, but small-ish
I bought this camera because of nikons reputation and experience with other nikon products. The first time I bought this camera I absoultly loved it, it takes awesome pictures, great quality video, though, I started to notice a few problems, the camera would jitter when it zoomed, and there was a spot in the picture that was darker than the rest, I tried cleaning the camera, but it didn't work. So I took it back to the store and had it replaced. And the new one work perfectly, the lens zooms smoothly, and no dark specs. There is ssosososososo many reasons to love this camera, it has a great zoom, and the vibration reduction works great to take advantage of that zoom. The pictures always come out clear and sharp. And all of the modes help a ton when taking pictures of pets, which it does automatically, even has a snow setting. The controls are easy to use and very intuitive the selector wheel is great for scrolling through photos, and doubles as a selector pad. What I really like about this camera os the CMOS sensor that is much better than conventional ccd sensors that most of this cameras competitors use, this camera is quicker to respond than any other point and shoot camera I use. And low light shooting performance is excellent. The only gripe I have is ist not really small, just small-ish. Pocket-able but its awkward to carry doing so.
July 15, 2011
Very capable point and shoot camera.
This is a very good camera for someone that wants a lot of automated features and doesn't want all the manual controls. Good pictures, easy to learn, feels solid built, I wish it would have come with an external battery charger also, since I would think most people will buy a second battery, and using the camera as the charger ties it up even if you get the second battery that would let you keep going. So you end up getting a second battery for $25 and a wall charger $40, adding $65 to the camera price to make it an all day shooter, although one battery will last through a day, I still feel more comfortable having a spare..
July 14, 2011
Camera has a mechanical problem
This is my first Nikon. The picture quality is very good. My problem is the monitor frequently goes black when being rotated from the horizontal to the vertical position outdoors, which means you cannot shoot pictures holding the camera in a vertical position. Camera was returned to Nikon after 2 months of usage, but they could not find the problem.
July 11, 2011
Overall I'm pleased with the camera. I've taken about 100 pictures and am still learning how to best use the camera. I like the light weight and small size...I think I will use this camera considerably more than my older, larger digital camera. The camera seems very easy to use with just a quick read of the getting started sections of the manual.
The lack of a good print manual is a negative but seems to be typical now.
The in camera battery charger is very frustrating. How can you recharge an extra battery and use the camera at the same time. This is a major flaw that could easily be corrected by Nikon.
I purchased a Nikon MH-65 external battery charger and was dismayed to discover that the charger does not plug directly into a wall outlet. I cannot understand why Nikon elected to require the use of a separate electrical cord with the external battery charger. This forces me to pack another piece of equipment when I travel. Again, this should be corrected by Nikon.
Overall, I plan to use and enjoy this nice little camera for many years.
July 11, 2011
Love it so far
I got this camera a couple of weeks ago. I really like it, but I have a lot to learn about it. It takes great pictures! I think once I learn how to use it, I will be taking fabulous pictures!
July 5, 2011
Great features, zoom problems
I purchsed this s9100 to replace my s 8000 which is at the bottom of a spring here in Florida :-( after a kayak trip. This camera has good features but zoom definitely requires a tripod for stability. Still in learning curve as to other features but believe it will be favorable.
June 29, 2011
I wish I could get a manual. I'm going on vaction and will not have access to a computer to read the CD. A manual should be made if requested. I understand the going green concept, not everyone wants a manual, but for those of us that do, it should be available when requested.
June 6, 2011